How to Make Hand Roll Sushi

Hand roll sushi, also known as 'cone sushi,' is the easiest type of sushi to make, and you can fill it however you want —let your taste buds be your guide.


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Save money by learning to make a few of your favorite sushi rolls at home with the recipes and instructions in these food videos.

You Will Need

  • 3.0 sheets of toasted nori
  • 1.0 c prepared sushi rice
  • 6.0 raw fish cut into slabs
  • A cucumber
  • An avocado
  • A sharp chef's knife
  • A cutting board
  • Some water
  • Some prepared wasabi
  • Japanese pickled ginger
  • A small spoon
  • A small dish
  • And a serving platter


  1. Step 1

    Prepare cucumber

    Peel the cucumber, cut off the ends, and cut it in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds, cut the cucumber into thin strips about one-eighth to one-quarter inch wide, and set the strips aside.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare avocado

    Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and twist the two halves until they separate. Cut the half without the pit into two quarters. Cut off the ends, remove the skin, and slice lengthwise into quarter-inch slices. Set the slices aside.

  3. You can include whatever vegetables you like—scallions, carrots, zucchini, radishes—to customize your hand roll to your own personal taste.

  4. Step 3

    Tear nori sheets

    Tear or cut the nori sheets in half.

  5. Step 4

    Hold nori side down

    Hold a half sheet of nori shiny side down in the palm of one hand, supporting its length with your fingers.

  6. Step 5

    Press rice into nori

    Moisten your other hand with a little water and grab about 1/4 cup— a small handful—of prepared sushi rice. Ball up the rice and press it onto the left-hand side of the nori.

  7. Step 6

    Spread rice

    Spread the rice out to about a quarter-inch thickness, leaving a margin of nori around it, then press your index finger into the middle to make an indentation.

  8. Step 7

    Add filling

    Lay a small amount of filling—say, one piece of fish and a slice or two of vegetable—in the indentation in the rice.

  9. If you are hosting a 'sushi party,' place all your fillings on one serving platter and have your guests choose their fillings and roll their own.

  10. Step 8

    Tightly roll

    Still holding the nori, rice, and filling in one hand, use your other hand to tightly roll up the bottom left-hand corner on the diagonal, over the rice and filling.

  11. Step 9

    Wrap into cone

    Tightly wrap the opposite right-hand edge around, using a folding and tucking method to create a cone shape with the filling on the inside.

  12. Step 10

    Secure edge

    Use a dab of rice on the corner to secure the inside edge of the nori to the outside of the cone.

  13. Step 11

    Place on plate & garnish

    Make as many rolls as you want, and place them on a plate with a mound of prepared wasabi and a mound of Japanese picked ginger.

  14. Nori, an edible sea vegetable, has a higher vitamin C content than raw oranges.